Discuss the importance of advocacy as it pertains to client care. What is the nurse’s role in client advocacy? Describe a situation in which you were involved with client advocacy. Explain what the advocacy accomplished for the client, and what the repercussions would have been if the client would not have had an advocate.
The ANA is such an amazing organization. They help with new legislation, up-to-date information on nursing issues, certificates and continuing education, and so many more important nursing topics.I never really understood the importance of being involved in these organizations, I hope to one day be apart of the movement they create. In todayâ€™s changing health care system, it is so important to be educated and involved on todayâ€™s issues. The ANA has been an advocate for career development and improving the health for all Americans for over 100 years. I want to become a member of this long-standing organization to stay up-tp-date on issues, continue my education, and make a difference in the nursing field.
I remember when I first starting working at the hospital, and The Joint Commission (TJC) came around and EVERYONE was in such a panic. Although they can be scary, their main objective is to improve the health care for the public by evaluating health care facilities and encouraging safe and effective quality care. Everyday nurses use the national safety patient goals (NPSG) organized by the TJC in practice. Correct patient identification, improvement of staff communication, medication safety, alarm safety, infection prevention, identifying patient safety risks, and preventing wrong surgery have been the long-standing goals of NPSG. Using these every day on every patient every time decreases the chance of medical errors and improves the quality and safety of patient care.
Helbig, June. (2018). Professional Engagement. Grand Canyon University (Eds.),
Dynamics in nursing: Art & science of professional practice.
example #2 (mitzi)
Advocacy is particularly important to client care. Clients depend on our expertise to ensure that they are receiving the best care possible. Nurses are the ones who spend the most time with a client, an experienced nurse may notice the first signs that a clientâ€™s condition is declining, and they may not be able to verbalize what is happening. The nurse will use their critical thinking skills and evidence-based practices to improve the clientâ€™s condition (Potter et al, 2021).
Recently, I had a patient who moved back to the area and said that she did not feel safe at home. Since we have a good rapport with each other she confided in me about her living situation. She had already reported a domestic violence incident with the police, but she was released to a relative’s care, but she did not feel safe with the male occupant of the house. I helped her make a phone call to a local shelter and waited with her until they arrived. While we were waiting, I introduced her to a community support specialist who would meet with her to provide resources since she came to the clinic with only the clothes on her back. If she did not get help, she would have gone back to one of the undesirable situations or would have chosen to be homeless. This was a day that I was shadowing a nurse at our clinic, and I knew that I was able to spend time with the patient because I was not assigned to the lab that day. It felt good to be able to offer myself to her in a demanding situation.
Potter, P. A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P. A., & Hall, A. M. (2021).
Fundamentals of Nursing
(10th ed.). Elsevier Mosby.